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Our Research


Global health challenges include a changing demographic profile with projected large increases in the number of older people; increasing numbers of people (including children and younger people) at risk of, or living with, long-term conditions; increasing personalisation of services and its implications; enduring social and health inequalities; and imperatives to engage people in their health and care. In order to address these challenges CIRAL conducts research that aims to benefit the health and wellbeing of children and adults, families and society through the advancement of fundamental knowledge, promotion of behaviour change, development of interventions, products and services.

This interdisciplinary research centre is driven by the challenges that face our health and social care systems. We use various novel but methodologically rigorous research approaches - from qualitative methods through systematic reviews to randomised controlled trials - with outcomes that builds theory and produces globally significant impact. We have particular strengths in co-creation/co-design, participatory methods, reviewing methodologies, intervention development, and health economics.

Our team is composed of staff with diverse backgrounds including nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, psychology, health economics, social care and policy, design, health technology assessment and sports science.  Through this unique skills mix CIRALC have the capability to undertake research from initial concept through to implementation. Our researchers are engaged in local, national and international research from theoretical work to clinically based studies.

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